Part of the three-fold purpose of Shoreline is to help people find life. Jesus said he came that we might have life, abundant life. He often brings life through relationships.
Relationship is in the very essence of God. The Trinity is God in relationship – Father, Son and Holy Spirit living in perfect love.
Jesus lived on earth in the context of relationships. He touched multitudes, invested in a strategic group of seventy and lived his everyday life with the twelve disciples.
God desires community.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 NIV
You are made in God’s image and you need relationships. They are one of the most powerful influences in your life.
In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg uncovers research that shows no one has the ability to make long-term change in their life without relationships. We can get by on will-power in the short term but lasting change is sustained when we are connected to other people.
Relationships expand your heart – The more you are alone the more inward focused you become. Relationships require effort but that effort expands us.
Relationships make you strong – You can get into a lot of trouble when you are alone. Together we are safer and stronger. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Relationships impart wisdom
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Relationships make you whole – Studies show that people who live isolated are more susceptible to depression and despair. In the difficulties of life, relationships bring healing and wholeness.
You can find life and build relationships at Shoreline through small groups. We have groups that meet on campus Wednesday night, recovery groups on Thursday night, groups that meet in homes all over the city and casual hangouts too. Click here to explore small groups. Make a decision to get involved today. The quality of your life depends on it.